The word doula refers to an experienced woman who helps mothers-to-be during labor, delivery and/or the postdelivery period. The doula provides the mother with physical and emotional support along with her partner. Although fathers play a vital support role, sometimes additional help is needed. With a doula, a father can share in the birth at the level where he is most comfortable. The doula’s skills and knowledge can help him to feel more relaxed and to participate as much as he wishes in the birth, assuring the mother of full labor support at all times. Doulas working with Bon Secours-affiliated providers and with our parents are welcome at all Bon Secours hospitals.